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John Clendenin ’55

John, a telephone executive who served on the boards of many national corporations, died Feb. 25, 2020. 

John finished his bachelor’s at Northwestern University then served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command before beginning his telephone career; he rose to become president and CEO of Bellsouth Corp., serving from 1984 to 1996. John was a member of numerous corporate boards, including Home Depot, Kroger, Coca-Cola, and Equifax, and was past chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Alliance of Business.

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